As of 1 p.m. on Sunday, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association (WH) crews finished restoring power to 11,700 members following multiple rounds of severe storms that hit the area Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22.
The storms were responsible for scattered outages across WH’s service territory and were especially challenging due to straight-line winds that caused countless downed trees and broken power poles. In addition, the storms damaged transmission lines, substations and main feeders. All available crews, including help from Minnesota Valley Electric’s line crews, worked continuously to repair extensive damage and restore all members’ power as quickly as possible.
“Having personally inspected many of the damage sites, I can only imagine what the people of Joplin, Missouri and Oklahoma City must have endured with the massive tornadoes that devastated those regions in the last two years. What has inspired me is their hardy spirit and goodwill in the face of almost unthinkable adversity. I know our line crews and dispatchers have experienced much that same thing yesterday and today from many of our members,” stated Mark Vogt, WH president and CEO in a news release issued Tuesday morning. “The personal talks that members have had in the field, calls into our office, emails and Facebook comments with words of encouragement and thanks have strengthened the WH team. Thank you for your patience during this outage.”
WH would like to remind members of their online outage map that shows the latest information about where outages are, how many consumers are affected, and the estimated time of restoration for each outage.
To view the map, visit: http://outage.whe.org/. In addition, WH offers free outage notifications that provide estimated restoration times via text and/or email anytime a member is experiencing a power outage. To sign up, visit www.whe.org and view the “Power Outage” section at the top of the home page. Then click on “Sign up for Outage Notifications.” Finally, WH updates Facebook and Twitter frequently during outages .Visit www.Facebook.com/WrightHennepon, and @Wright_Hennepin on Twitter.
WH is a member-owned non-profit electric utility that provides electric power to Wright County and the western part of Hennepin County. The cooperative currently serves more than 46,000 electric accounts.